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Brian Sims Hangs On; Tonyelle Cook-Artis and Mark Cohen Get Booted

There was a pretty shocking upset in the Democratic state House primary races yesterday: A very briefly tenured representative — who was the preferred candidate of Philadelphia’s surging Northwest Coalition […]


WATCH: NE Philly Rep. White Clashes with Immigration Activists

Al Día has posted a video showing Northeast Philly State Rep. Martina White yelling at immigrants’ rights activists in her Harrisburg office. Last month, White […]


Watch Out, Brian Sims: Your Challenger Ben Waxman Is Getting Big Ward Endorsements

When Brian Sims won a state House seat in 2012 by defeating 14-term incumbent Babette Josephs, he infuriated her. In his first couple years in office, Sims also […]

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Is Pa. House Rushing to Pass a Controversial Abortion Bill?

A controversial bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks is on the schedule for Wednesday’s house session, according to Steve Miskin, spokesman for Pennsylvania […]


Philly Politicians to Battle It Out in Rare Libel Suit Brought Over Campaign Flyer

[Updated, 3:55 p.m.] State Rep. Mark Cohen has been in Harrisburg a very, very long time. Originally elected in 1974, the Democratic legislator from the 202nd […]

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Wolf Will Let GOP Budget Become Law

Gov. Tom Wolf today said he would let a Republican-passed state budget become law, ending — at long last — the budget impasse that has […]

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Pa. Legislature Mulls Lead Crackdown

Philadelphia officials may be promising that city water is safe from lead, but legislators in Harrisburg want to renew he state’s efforts to prevent a […]

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Proposal Would Automatically Seal Minor Criminal Records

Hot on the heels of a new state law that makes it easier to seal old, minor criminal records — as well as new Philly rules […]

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Could This Be the Week Pennsylvania Legalizes Medical Marijuana?

This could — maybe — be the week medical marijuana becomes legal in Pennsylvania. After percolating for several years, the issue arrives before the House this week […]

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Hite: Every School Will Get a Nurse, Counselor If Wolf’s Budget Passes

Superintendent William Hite made a surprise announcement Thursday that every school in Philadelphia will have a full-time nurse and counselor next year — if, that is, the state’s GOP-controlled […]

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Proposal Would Expand “Do Not Call” List

Pennsylvania’s “Do Not Call” registry has existed for 20 years now, yet state residents can still often find themselves on the receiving end of unwanted […]

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Clinton, Trump Lead Among Pa. Voters

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are the leading presidential candidates in Pennsylvania, according to a new Franklin & Marshall poll. Primary election day is still […]


Will Brian Sims Fight Off Two Ballot Challenges?

When state Rep. Brian Sims dropped out of the 2nd Congressional District race last week, some political observers speculated that it meant he would have a smoother reelection […]

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Proposal: Pa. Legislators Should Serve Longer Terms

Would lengthening the terms of senators and representatives in Harrisburg lower the temperature of politics at in the state capital? Rep. David Parker thinks so. The […]

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Wolf’s Policy Director, John Hanger, Resigns

Governor Tom Wolf’s secretary of policy and planning, John Hanger, is leaving the administration. In a statement, Hanger explained that he wants to spend more time with […]